Recruiting for Community Garden Project Worker

Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, SWMID are excited to be advertising for a Community Garden Project Worker! Based at the Ross of Mull Community Garden, located in the grounds of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre in Bunessan, the post-holder will be responsible for managing and developing the garden into a thriving local hub.

We are looking for someone with gardening experience, who supports the ethos of SWMID and who enjoys working with groups of people of all ages.  If you love gardening, are keen to communicate your passion to everyone in the community and would relish the opportunity to manage this new and exciting project, please apply!

The successful candidate will be employed for 20 hours per week, for a period of 3 years, with a salary of £22,000 per annum pro rata. (£11,733 actual salary). If appointed, you will be automatically enrolled in the Nest Pension Scheme to which SWMID contributes.

Please download the Job Description and application form. All queries and completed forms by midnight on Sunday 18th April to


Thank you to the National Lottery Community Fund

Funding for Garden Project Worker

Thank you to Emily our local ranger for this lovely photo of children enjoying activities in the community garden last summer.

Thanks to a generous grant from The National Lottery Communities Fund we are delighted to announce that we will be recruiting a part-time Garden Project Worker to start in early summer. Continuing on from the amazing work that has already taken place, the new worker will support the Ross of Mull Community Garden‘s development over the next three years. The focus of the role will be working with volunteers to create a lovely outdoor hub where everyone in the community feels welcome.  Activities and events held at the garden will bring people of all ages together to meet, work and learn, reducing social isolation and enhancing wellbeing.  

Recruitment will start very soon we hope to have someone in place at the start of June!

Thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund

Tourism in our Community – we want to hear your views!

Working together to create a local tourism plan that reflects the needs of local residents, tourism businesses and visitors, and is environmentally sustainable

NB. Due to the tight timescale of this project we are closing the survey on Monday 1st March at midnight. 

We are seeking the views of local residents to find out how you feel about the role and impact of tourism in our community. You may be fully or partly reliant on income from tourism, or you may have no connection to the local tourist industry. Whatever your situation, if you live here, tourism is likely to affect your life.

What do you think tourism brings to the area? The benefits and the downsides?
What can we do, as a community, to ensure that tourism is working as well as it can for local people and businesses, visitors and the environment.

We are gathering evidence to enable us to create a local tourism plan with short, medium and long term goals and a vision for tourism that benefits the community, enhances the visitor experience and preserves our area’s unique appeal.

It is essential that this plan reflects a wide range of views and if you are resident in the South West Mull and Iona area we would really appreciate if you would fill in this survey. Here’s the link!

Within the survey there is also an opportunity to sign up to be part of an advisory group, to help shape the local tourism plan and steer future developments. If this interests you – please let us know!

For more information please contact Celia Compton


This project is supported by NatureScot, through the Better Places Green Recovery Fund


Job Opportunity!

We are delighted to be looking for a short-term project worker for our Tourism in Our Community – Going Forward project. 

The purpose of the project is to look forward after our experiences of Covid and its impact on our area and explore the opportunities local tourism offers for economic and social recovery, while scoping out pressure points and how these might be resolved. A large part of the project will involve a consultation with all stakeholders, including local tourism-based businesses, local residents and relevant organisations, e.g. Argyll and Bute Council. From the data collected a local tourism plan will be developed that sets out short, medium and long term goals and works towards a vision for local tourism that benefits the community, enhances the visitor experience and preserves the area’s unique appeal.

The restrictions of the fund are such that there is a very tight timescale with all work to be completed by 31st March 2021. This means that the project is of necessity very early stage, with a focus on gathering and collating information. The successful applicant will have good local knowledge and transferrable skills such as good communication, IT and team-working. The project worker will work on a self-employed basis. Salary will be £150 per day for up to 30 days. 

It is hoped that the project worker will be able to start as soon as possible. We are open to flexible arrangements such as joint applications as long as the project is completed on time. 
Please get in touch if you have any questions, would like to discuss this opportunity or wish to receive the Project Brief and Application Information. (Closing date for applications is 14/02/2021)

Contact Celia Compton on



This project is supported by NatureScot, through the Better Places Green Recovery Fund

New Covid Crisis Fund

A partnership Crisis Fund has been established between Ross of Mull & Iona Gala, South West Mull & Iona Development, Bunessan Hall and Round & About.

The fund is open to all residents of the South West Mull and Iona area who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For an application form please contact Morven Gibson on or 01681 700403.
Please be assured that all applications and enquiries are completely confidential.

Any group, association or individual wishing to donate to the crisis fund please also contact Morven. 
We would appreciate if you could share this information with anyone else who may benefit.

NB: If you get a grant from this fund you can still apply to the Waterfall Winter Hardship Fund

Grant for Community Garden

After many hours of hard labour the Ross of Mull Community Garden site is ready for the next phase – preparing for the growing season! Thanks to an award of nearly £4000 from the Scottish Government’s Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF) | Keep Scotland Beautiful we are able to purchase timber for raised beds and compost bins, sheds, a seating area, tools and a pallet of compost.  The award is given to projects that aim to reduce local carbon emissions. By providing a space to grow vegetables and fruit the garden will be a source of fresh produce for local people and thus reduce food miles. It will also create learning opportunities to enable people to grow more in their own gardens. 

We are also fundraising for a polytunnel. Check out our crowdfunder if you would like to make a donation!
Ross of Mull Community Garden – the Next Steps | MyParkScotland

Volunteer sessions at the garden continue in a limited way as we seek to create a vibrant community space. If you are interested in helping out at the garden please contact Philip at or at 0756 4342610.The CCAF is Scottish Government fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. 279 community-based organisations from across Scotland have been awarded more than £3.2 million of funding to tackle climate change. Further details from

Invitation to SWMID’s Annual General Meeting

It’s time for our Annual General Meeting!
Open to all residents in the South West Mull and Iona area – please join us via Zoom or telephone.  Email Saskia on for the link!

The SWMID AGM is usually a chance for us to gather together, to chat and to share news about SWMID’s projects. It’s disappointing that we are not able to meet in person this year but we do hope that as many of you as possible will take the opportunity to join us.  We will update you on what we have been doing and Alasdair Satchel will be making a special guest appearance to talk about the results of the Owning Our Future consultation. Many of you took part in this and we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas!

If you are already on our email list you will receive a link to the Zoom AGM directly. This will include details about joining the meeting by telephone if your internet connection is too poor for Zoom. 

Otherwise please contact to receive the link.

Please click on these links to view the Jan-2021 Agenda, the 2019 AGM Minutes and the 2019-2020 Accounts. These were approved by Directors in December 2020 to be presented at our AGM and include project and financial reports from the year 2019-2020.


Owning Our Future: What can we learn from Covid-19?

Funded by the National Lottery’s Emerging Futures Fund and led by Community Land Scotland, the Owning Our Future project is supporting six communities to explore how we move on from Covid-19. What has it been like for people who live in communities like ours? What can we learn from our experiences of the last few months?

It seems like a lifetime ago, but in January we met with many of you to explore your priorities for the area and how you would like to see our community land assets develop. Lots of themes emerged from these consultations, including the need for affordable housing and local employment; attracting and retaining working age people; promoting the area as a destination for tourism; growing more local fruit and vegetables to improve food security; better infrastructure, e.g. toilets and laundrette facilities; renewable energy. 

If you live in the South West Mull and Iona area we really want to hear from you – to hear your stories and any ideas you may have for the way out of lockdown for our communities. What do you think our priorities should be going forward? What can we learn from Covid?

There are a number of ways that you can take part:
Zoom meetings – Monday 23rd & Thursday 26th November, Tuesday 1st December
Times for sessions – 11.00am to 12.00pm or 7.00 to 8.00pm

If you are interested in attending a Zoom meeting, please contact Morven to receive a link.

You can also voice your opinions anonymously using our online survey or speak to project staff privately through the contacts below.
NB: If anyone is interested in taking some video footage for this project, please contact Alasdair!

We look forward to hearing from you,
Morven Gibson – SWMID –
Alasdair Satchel – Facilitator –




Felling restarting at Tiroran Community Forest

We are relieved that, after a long break, felling has now restarted at Tiroran Community Forest in accordance with our Long Term Forest Plan and as part of the supply chain in the production of key industry products such as pallets and packaging, biomass fuel, and timber for the construction industry.

The harvesting will be carried out by Colin Brolly Forestry Limited, an Argyll company with extensive experience of harvesting timber on Mull. Over the coming months we will be felling an area on the east side of Glen Seilisdeir, behind Balevulin. Warning signs have been erected asking people not to enter the area where the harvesting in taking place. For several months, two contractors will be living in caravans tucked away in the area beyond the information shelter and compost toilet.

The white-tailed eagles and their chick are being closely monitored by Dave Sexton of the RSPB to ensure that they are not being disturbed by the works.

Haulage of the timber along the B8035 will also restart within the next couple of weeks, in accordance with our permit to use the road and in observance of it’s conditions, which include no more than six loads per day and a maximum speed of 20mph.

If you are walking in the forest please stay away from forestry operations and do not allow children to climb on the stacks.

Philip Yielder, Community Forester
07564 342610


Scottish Government Covid-19 Framework consultation

The Scottish Government is seeking feedback on the document “COVID-19 – A Framework for Decision Making” and SWMID has drafted a response.

The framework is the beginning of a conversation to help us to begin to consider options for transition from lockdown, in preparation for when it happens and only when it is deemed safe to do so, and to help us to adapt to a “new normal”. The SWMID directors support the concept of the framework, the direction which it will take us and the importance of moving cautiously from lockdown alongside the rest of Scotland.  We felt that in our response there were particular aspects which we should draw attention to, in relation to our local area: Tourism, Education and Connectivity.  That is not to say that other aspects cannot be mentioned but we felt that these are very specific to us in this part of Mull and on Iona.   

We are inviting everyone in the South West Mull and Iona area to comment on our response to the Scottish Government documents – please click on the links below and read everything before you do so – the framework, the “further information” update and the SWMID response. Let us know if you agree with the response, if you think that we have missed anything out or if you would like to add any points. It is really important that as many of us engage with this process as possible.  If you would like to contribute your views then please send us your thoughts by 10pm on Sunday 10th May. We know this only gives you a few days but the Scottish Government have provided a deadline of 11th May for feedback on this latest guidance.

Please note that Iona Community Council have responded separately and we have taken into account these views within the SWMID document.

The Scottish Government is actively encouraging feedback and discussion about the framework document and you can also get involved individually through their online forum: Scottish Government discussion forum.

Mull Community Council are also collating a Mull-wide response and you will be invited to make a contribution to this.

Please follow the links below:-

Scottish Government: Covid-19 – A Framework for Decision Making

Scottish Government: Covid-19 – A Framework for Decision Making: Further Information

SWMID response to Scottish Government documents